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Stephen Best: “Deixis and Black Art”

Mar 29, 2024

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

English-Philosophy Building, 304 (Gerber)

251 West Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52242

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The Department of English and Obermann Center are hosting Stephen Best on Friday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. in 304 EPB (Gerber). UI PhD candidate Sarah Frank will introduce Professor Best and UI Professor Deborah Whaley will serve as respondent.

Stephen Best (Berkeley) is Rachael Anderson Stageberg Chair in English and Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities. One of the most important scholars of his generation, Professor Best has published two acclaimed monographs: "The Fugitive's Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession" (Chicago, 2004) and "None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life" (Duke, 2018). He has also published important essays in PMLA, Public Culture, Representations, and Small Axe.

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